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Cheesecake With Chocolate Ganache – Easy Kitchen Guide

Last Updated on December 11, 2023

Chocolate ganache cheesecake is a decadent dessert that combines the smooth and creamy texture of traditional cheesecake with a rich layer of chocolate ganache for the ultimate treat. Perfect for any occasion, this will surely impress your friends and family.

In this article, we will walk you through step-by-step instructions for making your very own chocolate ganache cheesecake at home.

From the crust to the filling and topping, we will provide you with all the necessary ingredients and directions to create a perfectly indulgent dessert that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Cheesecake With Chocolate Ganache

What is Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache?

Cheesecake with chocolate ganache is a variation of the classic cheesecake that incorporates a layer of rich and silky chocolate ganache on top. The base of the cheesecake is made from a mixture of melted butter, crushed graham crackers, and sugar, creating a crunchy and flavorful crust.

The filling consists of cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, half and half, and vanilla extract, creating a creamy and tangy mixture that pairs perfectly with the chocolate ganache.

The ganache is made from melted chocolate and heavy cream, adding an extra layer of indulgence to this already delicious dessert.

Why You’ll Love This Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache?

Easy to make: With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this cheesecake is perfect for beginner bakers.

Decadent: The combination of creamy cheesecake filling and rich chocolate ganache makes for an indulgent treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Versatile: This recipe allows for customization by using different types of graham crackers or adding your favorite toppings to the ganache.

Perfect for any occasion: Whether it’s a dinner party or a family gathering, this cheesecake is the perfect dessert to impress your guests.

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Ingredients 

  • Unsalted butter: This will be used to make the crust for our cheesecake.
  • Chocolate graham crackers: The base of our crust! You can also use regular graham crackers if you prefer.
  • Granulated sugar: This adds a touch of sweetness to the crust. 
  • Cream cheese: Make sure it’s at room temperature for easier mixing and a smoother texture.
  • Sour cream: Adds richness and tanginess to the cheesecake filling. 
  • Eggs: Helps bind the filling and give it a creamy texture.
  • Half and half: Adds a touch of creaminess to the filling.
  • Vanilla extract: For flavor. You can also use vanilla bean paste for extra flavor.
  • Chocolate chips or chopped chocolate: This will be used for our chocolate ganache topping. Use high-quality chocolate for the best results.
  • Heavy whipping cream: Used to make the ganache. Make sure it’s cold from the fridge.
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Directions 

Step 1

Make the Crust

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the melted butter, crushed chocolate graham crackers, and granulated sugar.
  • Mix well until all of the ingredients are evenly combined.
  • Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Make sure the crust is evenly distributed and firmly pressed.

Step 2

Prepare the Cheesecake Filling

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until it becomes smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the sour cream, eggs, granulated sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract.
  • Continue beating until all of the ingredients are fully combined and smooth. Make sure there are no lumps.

Step 3

Bake the Cheesecake

  • Pour the filling over the crust in the springform pan.
  • Smooth out the top with a spatula if needed.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges of the cheesecake are set and slightly golden brown. The center may still be slightly jiggly.
  • Let the cheesecake cool completely before placing it in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.

Step 4

Prepare the Chocolate Ganache

  • In a small saucepan, heat the heavy whipping cream over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Remove from heat.
  • Add in the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips and let it sit for 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir until the chocolate is fully melted and the ganache is smooth.

Step 5

Top the Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

  • Remove the chilled cheesecake from the fridge and release it from the springform pan.
  • Pour the chocolate ganache over the top of the cheesecake, spreading it evenly with a spatula.
  • Chill the cheesecake for an additional 30 minutes to allow the ganache to set.

Step 6

Serve and Enjoy!

  • Slice and serve the cheesecake chilled. Drizzle extra chocolate ganache on top if desired.

Notes 

  • Use high-quality chocolate and cream for the best results.
  • Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before starting.
  • Let the cheesecake cool completely before chilling in the fridge to prevent cracking.
  • Use a water bath while baking for an even and smooth texture.
  • Feel free to use different types of chocolate or toppings, such as fresh fruit or crushed nuts, for added flavor and texture.

Storage Tips 

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • The cheesecake can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
  • Be sure to wrap the cheesecake tightly in plastic wrap or foil before freezing.
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Nutrition Information 

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Serving Suggestions 

Here are some ideas to elevate your cheesecake with chocolate ganache:

  • Add a layer of caramel or salted caramel sauce on top of the crust before pouring in the filling.
  • Sprinkle crushed candy or cookies on top of the ganache for added texture and flavor.
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
  • Drizzle with additional chocolate ganache or fruit sauce for an extra decadent treat.

What other substitute can I use in Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache? 

If you don’t have all the  ingredients listed or want to switch things up, here are some substitutes you can try:

  • You can use regular graham crackers instead of chocolate for the crust.
  • For a richer filling, use heavy cream instead of half and half.
  • Swap out the vanilla extract for almond or peppermint extract for a different flavor profile.
  • Use dark, milk, or white chocolate for the ganache topping depending on your preference.
  • Instead of a chocolate graham cracker crust, you can use Oreo or digestive cookie crumbs.
How to Make Cheesecake With Chocolate Ganache

Cheesecake With Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate ganache cheesecake is a decadent dessert that combines the smooth and creamy texture of traditional cheesecake with a rich layer of chocolate ganache for the ultimate treat. Perfect for any occasion, this will surely impress your friends and family.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 383kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter melted: Infusing a buttery richness that forms the foundation of the crust.
  • 7 chocolate graham crackers crushed: Providing a deep cocoa flavor and a satisfying crunch.
  • ¾ tsp granulated sugar: Adding a hint of sweetness to balance the chocolate intensity.

Cheesecake:

  • 12 oz cream cheese room temp: Offering a velvety and creamy texture, the cornerstone of the cheesecake’s lusciousness.
  • 1/3 cup sour cream: Introducing a subtle tanginess enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • 1.5 eggs it’s a bit tricky to use half an egg, so you can beat two eggs and use approximately 3 tablespoons: Binding the ingredients and contributing to the rich, smooth consistency.
  • ½ cup granulated sugar: Sweetening the mixture harmonizing with the creaminess of the cheese.
  • 1.25 tbsp. half and half: Bringing a touch of richness contributing to a luxurious and indulgent mouthfeel.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract: Infusing a warm aromatic essence that complements the creamy texture.

Chocolate Ganache:

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream: Creating a luscious smooth base for the ganache, adding a layer of decadence.
  • 4 oz chocolate chopped or chocolate chips: Merging with the cream to craft a glossy, indulgent chocolate layer that crowns the cheesecake.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and generously butter a 9-inch springform pan.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the melted butter, crushed chocolate graham crackers, and granulated sugar until evenly mixed.
  • Firmly press the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Let it cool while you prepare the filling.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add in the sour cream, eggs, granulated sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract. Beat until fully combined with no lumps.
  • Pour the filling over the crust in the pan and smooth out the top with a spatula. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the edges are set and slightly golden brown.
  • Let the cheesecake cool completely before chilling in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Prepare the chocolate ganache by heating heavy whipping cream in a saucepan until simmering, then adding chopped chocolate or chips until melted. Pour over chilled cheesecake and chill for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy your decadent chocolate ganache cheesecake!

Notes

  • Use high-quality chocolate and cream for the best results.
  • Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before starting.
  • Let the cheesecake cool completely before chilling in the fridge to prevent cracking.
  • Use a water bath while baking for an even and smooth texture.
  • Feel free to use different types of chocolate or toppings, such as fresh fruit or crushed nuts, for added flavor and texture.
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FAQs

Can I use a different type of cookie for the crust?

Yes, you can substitute chocolate graham crackers with regular graham crackers, Oreos, or any other type of cookie crumbs.

Do I have to use a water bath while baking the cheesecake?

While it’s not required, using a water bath can help prevent cracking and ensure an even texture throughout the cheesecake.

Can I make this cheesecake without the chocolate ganache?

Yes, you can omit the ganache topping if desired. You can also use a different type of topping, such as fruit compote or whipped cream.

Conclusion

This cheesecake with chocolate ganache is the perfect dessert for any occasion. With its crunchy crust, creamy filling, and indulgent topping, it’s sure to impress your guests and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Plus, with easy-to-follow instructions and customizable options, anyone can make this delicious treat at home. So go ahead and give it a try, and enjoy every bite of this decadent dessert!

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My name is Lori Walker. I’m a registered dietitian, food blogger and food enthusiast. I share easy healthy, delicious recipes on my blog and review necessary kitchen items. The recipes I share take less… Read more

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